The Ravens will hold a press conference Thursday at 2 p.m. to announce the official retirement of safety Ed Reed, the team confirmed Wednesday night. Although Reed did not play in the NFL last season, he had not formally retired. With his retirement official, the Ravens are expected to add Reed to their Ring of Honor next season.
Baltimore announced the news with the following image on Twitter:
A Ravens first round pick in 2002 (24th overall), Reed had one of the greatest careers in Ravens history, spending 11 seasons with the team (2002-12), and making the Pro Bowl nine times. He was the Associated Press Defensive Player of the Year in 2004, and he played with a unique style, using his instincts, preparation, and ball skills to make game-changing plays.
Reed owns a host of Ravens’ records, including:
- Most interception return yards – 1590
- Most postseason interceptions – nine
- Most career interceptions – 61
- Most interceptions return touchdowns – eight
Reed’s career with the Ravens ended after they won Super Bowl XLVII. He signed with the Texans in 2013, was released during the season, and ended the 2013 with the Jets.
Now Reed has decided to return to the place where his legacy was built to announce his retirement. General manager Ozzie Newsome, coach John Harbaugh, and team president Dick Cass will attend Thursday's press conference.
On Wednesday, February 14, a horrific school shooting claimed the lives of 17 innocent people at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla.
The tragic event impacted people far and wide, and hit especially close to home for Ravens running back Alex Collins.
The former Arkansas star was born in Plantation, Fla., a suburb of Fort Lauderdale and went to high school just 15 miles south of Douglas High School.
In the offseason, Collins took Irish dancing lessons to improve his footwork, and following the act of terror, the Ravens' tailback learned that one of his dance partners had been killed in the mass shooting.
17-year-old Cara Loughran attended The Drake school of Irish Dance with Collins in addition to two other Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School students and was fatally shot by the gunman on Wednesday afternoon.
Collins took to his Twitter account to issue this heartfelt message.
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“The school shooting yesterday hit home,” Collins wrote.
“We received confirmation a few hours ago we lost one of the girls, Cara Loughran. Two other girls saw and experienced unspeakable tragedy. My heart goes out to these girls, all their families and their teacher Chrissy.”
BALTIMORE -- The Baltimore Ravens and Chicago Bears will launch the NFL's 99th season by playing in the annual Hall of Fame game on Aug. 2.
The Ravens' first appearance in the Hall of Fame game, which launches the league's 2018 Enshrinement Week. Former Baltimore linebacker Ray Lewis is among the inductees, along with former Bears linebacker Brian Urlacher.
Lewis, who played 17 seasons with the Ravens, and Urlacher, who played all of his 13 seasons with Chicago, both were elected on the first ballot.
Lewis joins Jonathan Ogden as the only Ravens in the Hall of Fame. Both were selected by Baltimore in the first round of the 1996 draft.
The other members of the Class of 2018 include Bobby Beathard, Robert Brazile, Brian Dawkins, Jerry Kramer, Randy Moss and Terrell Owens. All will be inducted on Saturday, Aug. 4.
This will be the record-tying fifth time that the Bears will play in the Hall of Fame game. They won the previous four, most recently 27-24 over Miami in 2005.
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